Brown Scores Again in Matriarch, This Time with Viadera at Del Mar
Viadera (inside) © Benoit Photo
Trainer Chad Brown has a reputation as an excellent trainer, a superior grass horse trainer and a very special trainer of fillies and mares.
If you need testimony on that, ask the folks at Del Mar.
The New York-based conditioner competed in five of the seven Graded stakes the seashore track offered during Thanksgiving weekend and he won four of them, running second in the other. On Sunday – closing day of the shore track’s seventh Bing Crosby Season -- he completed his latest tour de force by capturing the Matriarch Stakes with Juddmonte Farms’ homebred filly Viadera, who beat stablemate Blowout, owned by Peter Brant, by a whisker in a four-horse blanket finish.
It was the fourth time Brown had captured the $301,500 Grade I headliner for fillies and mares and his charge did it with elan this time. The daughter of the British stallion Bated Breath skipped the mile over the Jimmy Durante Turf Course in a stakes record 1:33.03, which shattered the former mark by more than a second.
Finishing third in the distaff crucible was Juddmonte Farms other entrant, Juliet Foxtrot.
Joel Rosario rode Viadera for his fourth Matriarch score. Blowout, under Flavien Prat, had half a length on Juliet Foxtrot and Mike Smith, who in turn had a neck on fourth-place finisher Sharing, owned by Eclipse Thoroughbred Partners and Gainesway Stable and ridden by Manny Franco.
The winner paid $12.80, $5.80 and $3.80 across the board. Blowout returned $5.60 and $3.80, while Juliet Foxtrot paid $4.80.
Viadera earned a first prize of $180,000 and moved her earning up to $391,441. She has now won six of 13 lifetime starts, the last three in stakes.
Previously this weekend, Brown had captured the Grade III Red Carpet Handicap here on Thursday with the filly Orglandes; the Grade III Jimmy Durante Stakes with Fluffy Sox and the Grade I Hollywood Derby with Domestic Spending, both on Saturday. His second-place finish came Saturday with Flavius, beaten three-quarters of a length by Count Again in the Grade II Seabiscuit Handicap.
Brown now has 12 stakes wins at Del Mar, nine of them of the Grade I variety.
The Sunday 10-race card drew the curtain on a banner fall meeting for the seaside oval that saw fully safe racing and a remarkable handle rise of over 30% during the 15-day stand.
Racing will resume at Del Mar next July when the track presents its 82nd summer season, followed by its second hosting of the Breeders’ Cup Championships next November.
JOEL ROSARIO (Viadera, winner) – “Whew. I had to work for that one. She’s a good filly, a really good filly. But she makes you work. I had to stay after her. She can run, though, there’s no doubt. I’m lucky that Chad Brown gives me an opportunity like this. Grass horses and especially fillies. He’s the best.”
JOSE HERNANDEZ, assistant trainer for Chad Brown, (Viadera, winner) – “This weekend has been amazing. I didn’t know which filly (of the stablemates) was the winner, but I’m happy it turned out to be Viadera. My boss Chad Brown is an amazing trainer and I just do my best for him. It’s an amazing job for me and I love the horses. In the future, I don’t know when it would be, if Chad wanted to come out here with a string, I’d like that. We like it out here.”
FRACTIONS: :22.62 :45.63 1:09.37 1:21.33 1:33.03
The final time broke the stakes record by more than a second. The previous mark was set last year by Got Stormy in 1:34.24.
The stakes win was the second of the meet for rider Rosario, but his fourth in the Matriarch. He now has 30 stakes wins at Del Mar.
The stakes win was the fourth of the meet for trainer Brown and his third in the Matriarch. He now has 12 stakes wins at Del Mar.
The winning owner (and breeder) is Juddmonte Farms of Prince Khalid bin Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.